Police trace teen's blackmail death to the Philippines

British police investigating the death of 17-year-old Daniel Perry, who took his own life after being blackmailed by strangers online, have been involved in a major international operation targeting cyber-crime in the Philippines.

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Police Scotland: 'No hiding place' for online criminals

Interpol, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and authorities in the Philippines joined a major criminal inquiry after a British teenager, who was blackmailed online, took his own life.

Police Scotland said Daniel Perry, 17, from Dunfermline in Fife lost his life due to cyber-crime linked to the Philippines. Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, of major crime and public protection, said:

Our message is clear: Our focus is on keeping people safe and there is no hiding place - anywhere in the world - if you are a criminal and you undertake this type of activity, which preys on those who might be the most vulnerable and susceptible to coercion and blackmail.

A young Scottish teenager lost his life as a result of this online activity. The impact on his family, friends and wider community cannot be imagined.

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